N Functional Games
Sentence Level

Welcome to Sentence Level Games for N. You are ready to work on N during functional games. Yeah! 

Throw away your cards because when your child sees "speech flashcards," he or she goes in to "speech mode." In "speech mode," your child remembers to say N correctly. However, when your child is not in "speech mode," he or she may not say the sound right.

Therefore, your child now must work on N during more "natural" games. This is how we transition all the great progress made so far into automatic, everyday speech!

I created games that naturally contain N words. To be successful with these games, make sure to incorporate as many N sentences as possible. Also, give appropriate verbal, visual, and tactile cues as needed.

My Best Practice Tips:

1. At first, model the correct word and/or sentence during games. Don’t force your child to repeat after you.

2. As your child improves, start prompting your child to say the target words/sentences. If your child refuses, give them 3 opportunities to say the word. If he or she still doesn't say it, move on. DON’T CAUSE FRUSTRATION!

3. Adapt games to the level of your child. If your child is  only using 1-2 word phrases, your phrases during a game should not be more than 2 words. We are working on speech not language here.

4. If your child is not speaking in sentences, don't worry! You can practice these games with single words as well.  Just change the target sentences to single words.

Functional Games

Nighty Night

Target Phrases

Nighty night ____(name of toy), Nap time

How to Play

Get out your child's stuffed animals and/or baby dolls. Pretend putting the dolls down for a nap or nighttime. As each person puts a doll to sleep, say "nighty night" or "nap time" with a good /n/ sound. 

Example Script

  • Parent: Here is your dolly's blanket and bottle (gives child blanket and bottle)
  • Child: Nighty night dolly (child places doll under blanket)
  • Parent: Shhh....dolly napping
  • Child: Shhhh.....napping
  • Parent: Good /n/!

Body Part Game

Target Phrases

Sticker on nose, Point to nose

How to Play

Have your child name a body part as he/she puts the sticker on you or himself/herself. If you don't have stickers, that is okay. You can just point to body parts. Either way, just remember to do many repetitions of the word "point," "on," and "nose."

Example Script

  • Parent: Find nose. Put sticker on nose
  • Child: Sticker on nose (child puts sticker on nose)
  • Parent: Find elbow
  • Parent: Sticker on elbow (child puts sticker on elbow)
  • Etc...

Which Hand?

Target Phrases

Right hand, Left hand, Which hand?, This hand, That hand

How to Play

Each player takes turns secretly putting a mystery object in one hand. Then, that same player, puts both hands behind his/her back. The other player(s) takes turns guessing which hand has the object. In this game, there are opportunities to practice /n/ whether you are the guesser or the hider with the phrases listed above.

Example Script

  • Parent: Let's play the guessing game and practice /n/
  • Parent: I have a piece of candy in one hand. Which hand?
  • Child: This hand (child points to parent's left shoulder)
  • Parent: Wrong hand, try again
  • Child: That hand (child points to parent's other shoulder)
  • Parent: Right hand! Here is your candy. (shows child candy)
  • Parent: Good /n/. Your turn to hide
  • Etc...

Phone Call

Target Phrases

Phone is for you, Phone call, Answer phone, Phone please

How to Play

For pretend play, play "house" with your child. Take turns pretending to make phone calls and/or answering the phone.

To play with a real phone, think of some function on your phone that your child enjoys. The other trick is that whatever you chose should only last a few seconds. Therefore, your child has to continually ask "phone please" for another turn. Taking a picture with the camera is a good option. Your child has to say  "phone please" before  you hand over the phone so he/she can take one picture. After the picture, he/she has to return the phone and the cycle repeats.

Example Script

  • Parent: Want to take pictures with my phone?
  • Child: Yes!
  • Parent: Say "phone please" with a good/n/
  • Child: Phone please
  • Parent: (Gives child phone)
  • Child: (Takes pictures and shows parent)
  • Parent: Good photo. Let's do another! You know what to say!
  • Etc...

Pen or Pencil?

Target Sentences

Pen please, Pencil please, Want pen or pencil? 

How to Play

Get out a few pieces of paper and some pens and pencils. Tell your child that he/she has to ask for a desired drawing utensil with either of these two phrases: "I want pen" or "I want pencil." Repeat the process throughout the drawing activity as needed.

Example Script

  • Parent: Want pen or pencil?
  • Child: Pencil please
  • Parent: (Gives child pencil)
  • Child: Pen please
  • Parent: (Gives child pen)
  • Etc....


Target Sentences

Depends on the activity

How to Play

To practice/n/ while saying "on" can be overwhelming to remember since a person says "on"frequently. Therefore, pick one activity such as getting dressed as "on" day/activity. During this activity, encourage your child to say "on" with a good /n/. Below is a list of activities that naturally include the word "on."

Example Script Ideas

  • Getting dressed - putting clothes on
  • Turn lights on/off
  • Setting the table - putting dishes/food on the table
  • Music - turning it on/off
  • Dress up - putting hats/scarves/etc.. on/off
  • Turning car on when driving
  • Getting on a bike

Where Is The Moon?

Target Sentences

I see the moon, Goodnight moon

How to Play

Every night before bed, look out the window and find the moon. Say goodnight to the moon. Once you get in a routine, this will become second nature making it easier to remember.

Example Script

  • Parent: Find the moon
  • Child: I see the moon
  • Parent: Say goodnight to moon with a good /n/
  • Child: Nighty night moon
  • Parent: Good job!


Target Words

Lemon, Spoon, Bun, Can, Doughnut, Dinner, Honey, Banana, Cinnamon, Lemonade, Bacon, Chicken, Napkin

How to Play

This is not a game at all. Instead, be aware of all the /n/ words you or your child might say during meals. A sticker or tally system for every /n/ word pronounced correctly may be good motivation to remain concentrated for an entire meal. See if your child can beat their previous record!

Example Script

Will depend on the meal and conversation!

Quick Printing

What's Next

You've made it! If you want some more practice, check out some language worksheets.

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